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Vol 9, #39 - He Did It!

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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Heads Up!

- Sahring the Roads

- VCB Cycling Ambassadors

- Smart Answer



"Passion makes all things alive and significant."

-- Ralph Walso Emerson





Who did it, you’d ask?


On his Strong Kids ride across the country Don Patterson arrived in St. John's Newfoundland just before noon last Monday July 23rd after 28 days, or 300 hours of cycling covering a distance of 7232 kilometres; that is just over 250km per day average.


One of the objectives of the ride was to raise funds for the Ys across Canada so more kids can participate in their great programs.


Another objective was to increase public awareness on the importance of helping our kids to become physically active. Numerous studies show that kids who are active do better in school. There are also a number of other positive side effects: improved self esteem, better time management, appreciation for nutrition, lower rates of juvenile delinquency.


The last objective was to stress the important role each of us can play on an individual basis. Being involved in their lives can make a huge difference. Then there’s the part of being a positive role model and being active ourselves. This applies to our own kids but also other kids that we might see at the Y or around the neighbourhood.


Congratulations Don!


Besides the preparation for this physical feat, you not only reached your personal goal but you also made a lasting imprint on me and on the lives of all people you met on this 28-day “education” campaign.


A contribution of a few bucks to the local Y can be made through the Strong Kids blog







Weekend of rides with the VCB Chéticamp Chapter


Saturday July 28th. Sweat & Gears, 9:30 am

Chéticamp to Pleasant Bay and back. A healthy 75km ride in the mountains to use all your gears. Lunch in Pleasant Bay.


Meet: Cape Breton Highlands National Park Visitor Centre.



Sunday July 29th. MTB to Salmon Pool.

A pleasant ride along picturesque Cheticamp River. This ride is open to all and suitable to family with kids.

Join either one of the two groups.


Group One: Leaves Quai Mathieu - 10:00 am

Group Two: Leaves National Park Visitor Centre - 10:45







August is the month to ride beyond our local borders and explore the hidden corners of Cape Breton Island, the Number ONE island in North America and ranked #3 in the World.


Cabot Trail in 4 Days, August 3rd to 6th - Fully booked.


Saturday 11th, MTB Ride and Beach BBQ in Chéticamp


Sunday 12th, Ride the Margaree Valley with the Cheticamp Chapter


Sunday 19th, Century Around the Hills - Imperial or Metric. Also 50km & 25km rides available.


Saturday 25th, Ride and Brunch by the Isle Madame Chapter


Sunday 26th, Metric Century by the Chéticamp Chapter


Monday to Friday 27th- 31st, Maritime Bike Club Rally (see expanded schedule attached)


(More information on VCB Website)







Our own Hannah MacDonald, VCB's ex-communication officer has set her two-wheels for a little while in Edmonton, Alberta.


"The cycling here is pretty good so far - nice bikeways but also super clear and helpful signage. Most motorists are quite accommodating and the river valley bike paths are stunning!


As I was biking home with some groceries, I ended up sharing a lane with this bus with a very cute share-the-road sign (attached). I thought you all might get a kick out of it!"




This one is from Sue Shikaze, Health Promoter, Haliburton ON.


The Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Ontario just launched this provincial campaign.

It will also include print and radio ads.







VCB website link


With the departure of Hannah, the team of Cycling Ambassadors is now down to 16 who, except for Deby Johnston in Indian Brook, Jimmie Campbell on Boularderie Island and Michel Aucoin in Chéticamp, are all within the borders of Cape Breton Regional Municipality.


A compilation of their last five bi-weekly reports shows that they covered over 15,000 kilometres (15,208) in 10 weeks, participated in tens of public events, distributed hundreds of pieces of literature, helped solving mechanical problems, provided information to visitors, displayed the best practices of cycling on the road.


Our VCB Ambassadors also went cycled abroad on holidays showing off their distinctive jersey in San Francisco, Ottawa, Québec just to name a few places. The jersey was the reason for ex-pats and past visitors of the Island to engage in friendly conversations and for curious to learn what this Cycling Ambassador group is all about.


Ambassador Michel Aucoin in Chéticamp went beyond and started Wednesday evening rides. He has borrowed bikes from the local school, used the local media to invite people who don't own a bike to join in their attempt to get back into cycling. So far Michel reports it's a success... You can contact Michel at: amichel(at)







Husband and wife are waiting at the bus stop with their nine children. A blind man joins them after a few minutes.

When the bus arrives, they find it overloaded and only the wife and the nine kids are able to fit onto the bus. So the husband and the blind man decide to walk.


After a while, the husband gets irritated by the ticking of the stick of the blind man as he taps it on the sidewalk, and says to him, “Why don't you put a piece of rubber at the end of your stick? That ticking sound is driving me crazy.”;


The blind man replies, “If you had put a rubber at the end of YOUR stick, we'd be riding the bus, so shut the hell up.”;




... not sitting on a skinny bike seat right now: priceless! - Don Patterson on the plane on the way home after 7232 km of biking across Canada in 28 days....


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